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Blog Review: July 20


Synopsys' Ron Lowman examines the various neural networks used in camera applications, the balancing act between camera lens choice and neural networks implemented, and how IP and embedded vision processors help optimize the designs. Siemens' Katie Tormala considers the importance of acoustic performance in consumer electronics and why it's important to understand the relationships between t... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP MIPS announced its first products based on the RISC-V ISA. The eVocore IP cores are designed to provide a flexible foundation for heterogeneous compute, supporting combinations of eVocore processors as well as other accelerators, with a Coherence Manager that maintains L2 cache and system-level coherency between all cores, main memory, and I/O devices. They target high-performan... » read more

Auto Chipmakers Dig Down To 10ppb


How do engineers deliver 10 defective parts per billion (Dppb) to auto makers if they only screen 1 million parts per year? Answer: By comprehending failure mechanisms and proactively screening for them. Modern automobiles contain nearly 1,000 ICs that must perform over the vehicle’s life (15 years). This drives quality expectations ever higher. While 10 Dppm used to be a solid benchmark, ... » read more

Zonal Architectures Play Key Role In Vehicle Security


The automotive ecosystem is starting to shift toward zonal architectures, making vehicle functionality less dependent on the underlying hardware and allowing more flexibility in what gets processed where. The impact of that shift is both broad and significant. For carmakers, it could lead to hardware consolidation and more options for failovers in case something goes wrong with any system in... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding 25 cleaner car and truck projects with $199 million. Projects include long-haul trucks powered by batteries and fuel cells, and at improving the nation’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The Volvo Group North America (VGNA) will receive $18 million in federal funds under DOE’s  SuperTruck 3 Program. Daimler Trucks N... » read more

Inspecting, Testing, And Measuring SiC


Achieving the auto industry's stringent zero defect goals is becoming a big challenge for makers of silicon carbide substrates, which are struggling to achieve sufficient yields and reliability as they migrate from 150mm to 200mm wafers and shift their focus away from pure silicon. SiC is a combination of silicon and harder carbide materials, and it has emerged as a key technology for batter... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 6


Arizona State University's Jae-sun Seo and Arm's Paul Whatmough introduce a fully-parallel and fully-pipelined FPGA accelerator for sparse CNNs that can eliminate off-chip memory access and also efficiently support elementwise pruning of CNN weights. Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights trends seen at the recent Hot Chips, from machine learning and advanced packaging driving higher performance... » read more

The Silicon Carbide Race Begins


The growing adoption of silicon carbide (SiC) for a variety of automotive chips has reached the tipping point where most chipmakers now consider it a relatively safe bet, setting off a scramble to stake a claim and push this wide-bandgap technology into the mainstream. SiC holds great promise for a number of automotive applications, particularly for battery electric vehicles. It can extend d... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 15


Synopsys' Ian Land and Ricardo Borges examine how radiation modeling can help ensure semiconductor components will survive while housed in equipment that is orbiting our planet or traveling through deep space over extensive periods of time. Siemens EDA's Rich Edelman explores why writing coverage is an art requiring imagination, practice, and patience, along with some tips on how to improve.... » read more